Like all good actors/characters, these writers have let them down. Both Michael and Kevin have gone to the 'dark-side' and back. Now if the writers will do what they get paid nicely for, these brothers should keep us entertained for years. As for Gloria, her troubled past was interesting for a while, then again the writers didn't follow through. I would have loved to have seen her pay for being an unfit mother. Now she wants family unity to make up for the neglect and torment she put her sons through just to have a body to help her keep her bed warm. And with all of the mental issues that could've been covered, but the writers missed. Now, for poor Lauren. Starting out as a singing vixen, her troubled life with her father, then becoming a successful boutique owner - the writers literally left her hanging for years until Michael entered her life. For viewer who don't understand panic attacks, wise up (or read up on the illness and its symptoms). She has played the illness flawlessly. This is not like a headache, it is an serious illness. She even got the hyperventilating perfectly. Now, it is time for the writers to bring this lovely twisted family full-circle.